Success! California Bans Bobcat Trapping

In a momentous decision, the California Fish & Game Commission has voted to ban the trapping of bobcats.

Assembly Bill 1213, prohibiting the trapping and killing of bobcats statewide, passed the California legislature in 2013, but for the past two years it has not been fully implemented.

A Care2 petition demanding that California legislators and the Fish and Game Commission be more diligent in protecting the bobcat by fully enforcing the Bobcat Protection Act has garnered over 77,000 signatures. In a huge victory for Care2 members, the members of the Commission voted to implement a total ban on bobcat trapping.

Congratulations to all those Care2 activists who signed the petition! 

The Humane Society issued the following press release within minutes of the decision:

“The Humane Society of the United States applauds the California Fish and Game Commission to extend further protections for iconic bobcats. Shy and elusive creatures, bobcats are solely killed for their fur, which is sold to overseas markets in Russia and China. In the wake of the tragic death of Cecil the lion, the public has never been more aware that killing an animal for its pelt is no worse than for a head and hide to decorate a trophy room. This decision is a much-needed step in the right direction, and we thank Assemblymember Bloom for his ongoing leadership to protect California’s bobcats from this cruel and unnecessary practice.”

The five-member commission had to choose between two options: a statewide ban on bobcat trapping, or a zone-based approach, in which bobcat trapping would have been prohibited only in certain regions of the state. But that latter approach was rejected.

The 2013 law was passed in the wake of a controversy near Joshua Tree National Park, an awesomely beautiful area in Southern California. Bobcat traps were discovered along the boundaries of the park, and this ignited fury amongst animal lovers. Local residents discovered that trappers were operating on private property without permission and targeting bobcats crisscrossing the boundaries of the 640,000-acre National Park.

They also found that trappers had been trapping bobcats in cages in order to sell their fur in a market fueled by foreign demand. According to Richard Bloomwho sponsored the 2013 bill, due to an increased demand for exotic animals pelts in China, Russia, Greece and other foreign markets, the price of a pelt has risen from $78 to about $700 since 2009.

An adult bobcat stands up to about 23 inches high and can cover 25 to 30 miles of territory in a day. Its hind legs are proportionately longer to its front legs than those of the domestic cat. It’s generally more than double the size of the domestic cat and is also more muscular: using sharp claws and powerful legs, it preys on rabbits and makes a significant contribution to rodent control.

Bobcats are very closely related to the lynx, but they are adaptable to many environments: deserts, swamps, forests, even urban environments.

The ban that the California Fish and Game Commission has agreed on does not affect bobcat hunting, which remains legal, nor does it prevent the trapping of nuisance bobcats, such as those threatening livestock.

Nevertheless, this is a huge step forward, and further proof that petitions and pressure can make a difference.



Melania Padilla
Melania P1 years ago


Mark Donner
Mark Donner2 years ago

Now a law must be passed declaring USDA's Wildlife Services to be a terrorist group. There's plenty of space for those psychos in Guantanamo

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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Hannah Q2 years ago

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